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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

El Mayor Reposado Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

From the El Mayor range, steered by Master Distiller Rodolfo Gonzalez, comes a top notch Reposado tequila, which has been aged in small, charred, white oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. As…  More info

El Mayor Reposado Tequila
$49.32

Arette Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

This corking reposado is aged for between 4 and 6 months in white oak. It is made 100% blue agave from Jalisco, and it is blended with water from Tequila mountain. This is a superb premium tequila…  More info

Arette Reposado
$28.81

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

El Carrizal is a single estate tequila from Ocho. It was made from agave plants harvested at Rancho La Carrizal and was aged in oak for more than three years before bottling. Very good indeed.  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest
$92.30

Bambarria Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

A hot, peppery tequila, made with 100% blue agave in Mexico. We love the bright, lively flavours and we also really love the label featuring an eagle flying, claws outstretched, towards a snake…  More info

Bambarria Blanco Tequila
$18.98

Tres Josés Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Tierra de Agaves

A Reposado tequila from the Tres Josés range, created with agave from the Beckmann family estate and crafted by Master Distiller José Fernández.  More info

Tres Josés Tequila Reposado
$30.89

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo

70cl, 41.50%
Destilerias Sierra

An extra añejo tequila from the Sierra Milenario range, made with 100% agave and aged for three years in durmast oak casks. Boundless notes of oak-y spice, rich fruit and roasted agave shine through…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo
$60.57

Arette Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

A silver tequila from Arette, this was launched in 2007 and is made at the El Llano distillery, which has been owned by the Orendain family since the early 20th century. This is bottled on site in…  More info

Arette Blanco
$26.93

Sauza Hornitos Añejo

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% Blue Agave tequila aged for between 12 and 36 months in ex-Bourbon casks. Superb in a Margherita, but more than at home as a sipping tequila.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Añejo
1
$38.61

Tequila Cabeza

70cl, 43%
El Ranchito

Tequila Cabeza is distilled at the El Ranchito distillery by the Vivanco family, who have been growing agave for five generations and making tequila at their distillery for three generations. For…  More info

Tequila Cabeza
$39.63

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Produced by the famous Jose Cuervo company, Especial Gold is a blend of reposado and unaged blanco Tequilas. It's a perfect choice for making Margarita cocktails, and has a mild agave flavour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
4
$23.68

Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Siete Leguas

From Casa Siete, they age this reposado for 8 months in white oak barrels. With an aromatic oak on the nose, with plenty of toasty agave.  More info

Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila
$55.83

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Siete Leguas

A full bodied añejo tequila from Casa Siete (Spanish for House 7), this offers lovely agave notes and wonderful oaky flavours from 18 months of oak ageing.  More info

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila
$57.19

Herencia Mexicana Añejo

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

A richly well flavoured Añejo tequila from Destilería La Fortuna, made from 100% blue agave which is double distilled and matured for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Añejo
$53.38

Sauza Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Unaged tequila, made from blue agave by Sauza, which was founded by Don Cenobio Sauza, one of the earliest distillers of tequila. He created the Sauza distillery all the way back in 1873. A clean,…  More info

Sauza Tequila Silver
$20.94

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

Herencia Mexicana Tequila comes from the Positos Ranch in Jalisco, Mexico. It is made with 100% blue agave which have been harvested only when they have reached their peak of ripeness. Their Blanco…  More info

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila
1
$49.60

Don Julio Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

An 18 month aged tequila from Don Julio. This is aged in American white oak barrels and the result is a citrussy, fruity tequila.  More info

Don Julio Añejo Tequila
6
$50.34

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

100% blue agave, double distilled and matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 9 months. Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila is made by Destilería La Fortuna in Arandas County, Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila
$46.77

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

From the famous tequila producers, Sauza, Tres Generaciones Añejo is aged in American oak for 12 months before bottling.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila
2
$61.64

Casa Noble Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A reposado tequila from the Casa Noble range, aged for exactly 364 days - one more day and this would have been legally considered an anejo tequila. It matures in French white oak barrels, imparting…  More info

Casa Noble Reposado
1
$53.61

Tequila XQ Reposado

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

Tequila XQ Reposado comes in a curiously-shaped bottle, the likes of which we're not sure we've seen before. Not only that, Tequila XQ Reposado is triple distilled and matured in not one, not two but…  More info

Tequila XQ Reposado
$38.08

Don Fulano Imperial 5 Year Old Tequila

70cl, 40%
Don Fulano

A very impressive anejo tequila from Don Fulano, which has been matured in French oak casks for a massive 5 years before it is bottled. With that sort of maturation comes plenty of rich, spicy notes,…  More info

Don Fulano Imperial 5 Year Old Tequila
$112.20

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

'Burdeos' is the Spanish for Bordeaux, as this handcrafted super-premium tequila is aged in Bordeaux casks. Prior to the final distillation however, it has already spent a year in American and Frenck…  More info

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo
3
$495.02

Villa Lobos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

Before the Villa Lobos Añejo spends 2 years maturing in oak casks, it is rested in steel tanks for at least 6 months, an undertaking that master distiller Carlos Camarena says gives the tequila a…  More info

Villa Lobos Añejo
1
$36.96

Centinela Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

A vibrant, flavoursome unaged tequila from Centinela, suitable for cocktails or enjoying neat and over ice. Made with 100% agave in Jalisco, Mexico, by a family with over 100 years of history in…  More info

Centinela Blanco
$53.04

Maverick Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Produced in Jalisco, Mexico, this traditional double distilled tequila is best enjoyed by those who don't play by the rules (but by Christ they get results), either neat or in a cocktail. I once…  More info

Maverick Tequila
2
$19.79

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